Digitimes is reporting that in a addition to its high-end iPad 3 tablet, the Cupertino-giant is plotting to unveil an 8GB iPad 2, which will retailer for around £200-£300. Citing “sources close to Apple’s supply chain”, the report adds that the launch of a cheap iPad 2 will help the company “to cover different segments and to defend against Windows 8-based tablet PCs.
While we’d usually advice to take such rumours with a pinch of salt, but such a decision from Apple would certainly make sense. Remember the iPhone 4S launch? The company also unveiled a lesser-specced 8GB iPhone 4 handset, in a bid to woo those after an iPhone on a budget. Adopting the same strategy with its tablet devices will ensure that Apple can compete at all levels, and will no doubt send iPad sales through the roof.
Of course, we’ll also be seeing the iPad 3 at Apple’s March 7 launch event, which is expecting to come with a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 Retina Display, alongside enhanced camera, Siri integration, iOS 5.1 and 4G LTE speeds.